Aural Spatiality and Sonic Materiality: Attending to the Space of Sound in Performances by Ivo Dimchev and Alma Söderberg

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Abstract

How might performance enable us to become attentive to the space sound produces? In this article, by acknowledging the shared environment created by aural relations, the author focuses on the potential of the performative space to immerse and fold the audience into a particular aural dynamism, investigating the impact and materiality of the sonorous on spectating bodies.

The topic of sound and listening in theatre and performance studies has largely been confined to its role as a design element. There is, however, growing concern for the role of sound outside of its common confirmatory relation heralded by much-cited theatre scholars, such as Hans-Thies Lehmann and Erika Fischer-Lichte, who have begun to outline the importance of sound to theatrical endeavours. Though image and text-based theories might inadequately account for the complexities of aural experience, they cannot be disregarded as a necessity for critical and creative approaches to the sonorous relation structuring audience attention arises. Here, the author concentrates on the performances of Ivo Dimchev and Alma Söderberg to consider sound's contribution as a material force and thereby examine how listening and aural attention might hold, alter or shape the performative space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
JournalContemporary Theatre Review
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Sound
  • Aurality
  • Dramaturgy
  • Rhythm
  • Tone
  • Attention

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